Notes from my Bible Study for January 27, 2010

Today’s Reading: Psalm 26, Genesis 25:1‐18, 1 Chronicles 29:22b‐30, Luke 18:1‐30

Psalm 26 – David time and time again in the Psalms talks about the danger that comes when we hang out with those who are wicked. Who we spend time with impacts us. A wise man once said the biggest difference between you five years from now and today are the books you read, the places you go and the people you meet.

Make sure you are investing time in relationships with other believers. Those should be the most life-giving relationships we have.

Genesis 25:1-18 – How interesting to see Abraham’s sons, Isaac and Ishmael coming together at the death of their father. I had forgotten that Abraham took another wife after Sarah and had many more sons.

1 Chronicles 29:22b-30 – Solomon becomes king and David dies. God’s blessing is with Solomon as he becomes king. The peaceful transition from David’s rule to Solomon’s also ushers in an even greater time of prosperity for the nation of Israel.

Luke 18:1-30 – Why is it that we compare ourselves to other people so much, and so little to God? We like to say things like, “I’m not as bad as so-and-so!” or “Thank God I’m not a _______.”

Jesus warned people against this in Luke 18. Other people aren’t the standard to which Christ is calling us to live. He is. And when we compare ourselves to Him, we all fall short. And, that’s the point. We all need a Savior.

Romans 3 tells us that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Comparing ourselves to other people leads to the sort of Pharisaical attitudes that were exhibited by the religious leaders in Jesus’ day, and unfortunately by too many of us who call ourselves Christians. Let’s let God be the judge, and thank Him for giving any of us grace.

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